Dr Shepson & Dr Barrie Talk About POPs: We Are the Stewards of a Very Delicate Environment

Video Shot in: 2024

Dr. Leonard Barrie discusses his involvement in studying persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the Arctic, alongside his atmospheric chemistry research. He highlights the collaboration with the Northern Contaminants Program in Canada and the Arctic Monitoring Assessment Program, focusing on measuring POPs in the high Arctic. Barrie describes setting up samplers in various locations, including the Yukon, Gluck, and Alert, as well as a contract in Russia. He emphasizes the importance of this research in generating valuable databases and insights into POPs, contributing to international conventions like the Stockholm Convention. Barrie’s discussion prompts reflection on the evolving understanding of atmospheric stewardship and the recognition of the atmosphere’s limited capacity.